CHILDREN and community groups have planted 15,000 trees to create a cleaner environment.

Cheshire East Council is committed to becoming carbon neutral in its operations by 2025, and in influencing the wider borough to reduce their emissions.

As part of their vision to be open, fair and green, protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a priority.

Planting trees is one way that Cheshire East aims to offset some of the carbon emissions that are generated while delivering services.

Working with Cheshire Wildlife Trust and The Mersey Forest – through the Trees for Climate programme – and with support from Ansa Environmental Services, the trees were planted at sites across the borough including Middlewich, Knutsford, Tatton Park and Holmes Chapel.

READ MORE: Bark stripped from trees in 'bizarre' act of vandalism

The project involved local primary schools, with children rolling up their sleeves and helping to plant trees on school grounds.

The children also benefitted from workshops delivered by community foresters at The Mersey Forest, helping them to understand the importance of trees in their local and global environment.

Cllr Mick Warren, chairman of the environment and communities committee, said: “Taking action to combat climate change needs to be done collectively in order to have the impact that is required to protect the future of our borough.

“Working with partners in this way helps us to engage and support community groups, and we have seen volunteers around Cheshire East, as well as our future generation, pulling together to plant trees, which will help to absorb carbon emissions and improve the local environment.

“We understand that planting trees is only part of the solution to tackling climate change and are progressing other activities to address the emergency.”

Paul Nolan, director of The Mersey Forest, said: “The Trees for Climate programme provides the funding and expertise to plant more trees targeted at areas where they can make the greatest difference, helping Cheshire East to deliver on its carbon neutral ambition.”

Adam Linnet, wild communities officer for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “During March we planted more than 6,000 trees as part of Cheshire East’s work. The two crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are inextricably linked, and we need to solve both in the same short timeframe.

“It is great to see projects like this that move us closer towards tackling both problems in one action. Through planting native tree species, we have created what will be wildlife-rich woodlands for future generations to enjoy – right on their doorsteps too."

Schools wishing to get involved with the tree planting programme can contact

Forestry Journal remains dedicated to bringing you all the latest news and views from across our industry, plus up-to-date information on the impacts of COVID-19.

Please support us by subscribing to our print edition, delivered direct to your door, from as little at £75 for 1 year – or consider a digital subscription from just £1 for 3 months.

To arrange, follow this link:

Thanks – and stay safe.